Notice to parents regarding Website Guidelines
As we expand our use of online tools to foster creativity and independent learning with our students to become capable citizens in the 21st century, we need to help them navigate their way in a safe manner. The Library Media Specialist, the Information Technology Integration Assistant, and the Classroom Teacher will reinforce these skills with students. As we begin using new tools that are available on the internet, it is important to look at the terms of service for each of the tools that require an account be created. Many have restrictions for children under the age of 13. These are the principles we will abide by when using these new online tools with your children, and would like for you to discuss with your child as well.
Digital Citizenship Suggestions:
Never lie about the age of child
Never lie about child’s name
Predator dangers are real and viable – anywhere
Please discuss the above notice with your child and develop a family plan. You may want to take a look at this website for discussion points: http://www.speedofcreativity.org/2010/08/20/internet-safety-and-digital-citizenship-presentations-for-students-parents-and-teachers/
School Guidelines will be as follows:
Direct supervision: At times educational versions of tools are available and will be utilized. Otherwise anywhere possible, teachers will create and monitor classroom accounts and provide usernames and passwords. Student will be closely supervised.
Independent Choices: Online tools we deem suitable for school, but require parent/guardian permission to create an account will be done at home. These tools can be used in the classroom by those students whose families helped them create an account.
** To maximize safety make sure you as a parent monitor your child’s accounts to ensure they are properly and safely utilized.
Online Tools Resource web page
We have created a Primary and an Intermediate web page that lists the tools that we use with direct supervision, and the others tools that will be considered independent choices. This list is not comprehensive, but to provide you with guidance. If you have suggestions for the list, please let us know.
In the event students are utilizing web resources, either teacher directed or independently sought, we will give the student the benefit of the doubt and assume parental permission has been issued. However, in the event a teacher/supervising adult feels that the web resource significantly places your child at risk we will ask the student to stop using that tool while contact is made to the parent/guardian.